Imagine if this editor’s timeline wasn’t well organized…
A few days ago I came across this great post on PremiumBeat about using the Multicam feature in Final Cut Pro X to optimize your workflow for narrative work. Check out the video below and then I'll add a few thoughts.
This is not only great for single angle shots, but for multiple angles as well. More importantly, and something that isn't touched on in the video, is this is a great way to simplify colour-grading of a scene when using multiple takes.
If you've used FCPX before, you know that any colour grades (or any video effects) you make in the multicam timeline changes the every instance of the clip in the project timeline. Well, by using this technique you can quickly and easily apply a primary grade to every take in the multicam timeline, and then do your secondary corrections in the project timeline.
Earlier this year, through my work at Gamut Productions, I was lucky enough to be the editor of an hour-long documentary special covering a fantastic project called "Herowork Presents: The Mustard Seed - Radical Renovation", a $500,000 renovation of a local food bank and street church, done entirely by volunteers on a budget of only $250.
With an air-date only 14 days after the event, it was an extremely tight delivery. Working nearly 150 hours in those two weeks, and with the immeasurable assistance of Bryan Skinner, we were able to successfully complete and deliver the show to CHEK Television where it was met with great success. It even was given an encore airing later the same week due to demand from the community.
Below is a six-minute highlight reel of the documentary. Please check it out and head over to HeroWork to keep updated with their great work.